G1 — gat-pistol G2 — gown-material G3 — game-football G4 — grow-flowers G5 — gall-bladder G6 — gush-geysers G7 — gag-comedian G8 — gave-donated G9 — gap-opening G10 — gas-tanks
H1 — hat-bands H2 — hen-crowing H3 — ham-sandwich H4 — hare-rabbits H5 — hill-climbed H6 — hash-corned H7 — hack-driver H8 — have-ownership H9 — hop-skipped H10 — hose-nylons
14 — Ira-Gershwin I5— isle-Manhattan
J1 — jot- write down J2 — John-Barrymore J3 — jam-spread J4 — jar-contain J5 — jail-prison J6 — judge-condemn J7 — jack-lifts J8 — jive-dancer J9 — Jap.-Japanese J10 — juice-rinds
You'll notice that there is only one slight exception in the system, at 19. There is no word beginning with I and ending with the p or b sound. So I use the word, "yipe," which serves the purpose just as well. Also, in every possible case, the sounds representing the four digit numbers are contained in one word. There are only eight instances where I found it necessary to use a phrase of two words.
I'm sure that you all can see the simple associations or correlations with each Key word. If you go over them once or twice, concentrating on them as you do, you should remember most of them. Each Key word should lead you logically to the associated word. Coke, for C7, is short for Coca-Cola, which is usually found on dinner tables. En, for E2, is just the name of the letter itself, which is part of the alphabet. I don't think that any of the others need any explaining.
You must learn all these words thoroughly before you can present this feat for your friends. After you've learned them, practice the transposing of the associated words or phrases into numbers. Once you can do that quickly, you're ready to present the feat.
You can have the list printed on a card, if you like, so that you can hand them out to your friends. Then after you've demonstrated your fabulous powers of retention and recall, you can let them keep the card as a souvenir. Let them try to memorize it, if they can!
Aside from simply allowing your spectators to call the letter and number, you can go further. They can ask you to call out all the numbers diagonally from, say, A1 to J10. All you have to do, is give the numbers for A1, B2, C3, D4, etc. They might ask for row F backwards—you just give them F10, F0, F8, etc. If they want the four digit numbers backwards also, you can do that too. For example, you know the associated word for F10 (fuse) is blend—instead of giving the number 9521, give it as 1259! F9 is fibbing— backwards the number is 7298, and so on.
If you're asked to give row #6 backwards, simply call off, J6, I6, H6, G6 down, or up, to A6. I know that it is difficult for some people to work backwards with the alphabet. I can solve that problem for you, easily. You can learn the representative number of any letter in the alphabet by utilizing the first twenty-six peg words in conjunction with a representative adjective. This is what I mean:—
Awful tie Brave Noah
Neat tire Old towel Pleasing dish
Cute ma Damp rye Excellent law
Quiet tack Red dove
Funny shoe Guernsey cow
Solid tub Tough nose Ugly net Virtuous nun Wonderful name X-rayed Nero Yellow nail Zig-zag notch
Heavy ivy Idle bee
Jagged toes Korean tot Loud tin
Notice that the adjective for the peg word for #3 begins with the third letter of the alphabet (c); the loth adjective begins with the tenth letter J, etc. If you make a quick picture in your mind of each of these, you will know the position, numerically, of all the letters! Of course, you can use any adjective you like, as long as it begins with the proper letter. If you wanted to know the position, say, of the letter "o"—just think of the adjective that you used: old towel. You know that "towel" is #15, therefore "o" is the fifteenth letter of the alphabet.
You can use this idea, or, elsewhere in this book (Chapt. #12) you will find an idea of how to use the twenty-six letters themselves in order to have a list of twenty-six secondary peg words. You can tie these words to your basic peg words, and you will have accomplished the same thing. You will know the numerical positions of all the letters.
Either one of these methods will enable you to use the letters of the alphabet to a much better advantage. Just thinking backwards from peg word #26 to peg word #1 will make it easy for you to recite the entire alphabet backwards. This in itself is a good stunt, since most people cannot recite the alphabet backwards, without quite a bit of effort. However, the important thing is that this idea will be of use when you're asked to give a numbered row back-wardsA or diagonally from J10 to A1, or J1 to A10.
After doing this stunt for awhile, you will find that even tually you will not even think of your Key words and associations! As soon as a letter and number is called, the four digit number will pop into your mind.
That is the beauty of mnemonics, it is just an aid to your true memory. It is a means to an end, and once you've reached or acquired that end, you can forget the means!!
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